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    LPN2009 eNews -- April

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Cherokee Uniforms accepting nominations for 2009 Inspired Comfort Awards
The Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award program provides peers, friends, and colleagues with an opportunity to celebrate nurses and other nonphysician healthcare professions for their tireless work and dedication. LPNs/LVNs have their own category.

Outpatient visits for certain conditions on the rise
Outpatient visits to hospitals and other medical providers for high cholesterol grew 300%; kidney disease, 112%; and diabetes and thyroid disease, 96% between 1996 and 2006, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. More

Insurance often fails cancer patients
Cancer patients often find it difficult to find or maintain adequate and affordable health coverage, according to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and American Cancer Society. More

CDC: 17% of Americans have high-deductible plan
According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, an estimated 17% of Americans under age 65 with private health insurance had a high-deductible health plan in 2007. More

Study points to racial disparities in care
African American heart attack patients who live in highly segregated areas are more likely than Caucasians to be admitted to hospitals with lower survival rates, according to an online study published by Health Affairs.

One in 10 adults experiences serious mental distress
According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 24.3 million U.S. adults experienced serious psychological distress in 2007, and only 45% of them received mental health services.

Local surgery for primary metastatic breast tumors reduces risk of death
Local surgery on the tumors of patients with metastatic breast cancer appears to significantly reduce the risk of death, according to findings presented at the Society of Surgical Oncology 62nd Annual Cancer Symposium.


  • Be someone's angel: A long-term-care nurse
    By Donna Smouse Ferguson, RN, BS
    Want to truly connect with your patients? Click here to find out more about this speciality.
  • What's the attraction of Magnet hospitals?
    Click here to get the inside scoop about working at these prestigious facilities.



Stay up-to-date on important practice issues with this bonus content from the editors of LPN2009.
  • Cholecystectomy: Take a look at two options
    By Bernadette R. Thomas, RN, CNOR, BSN
    Open surgery or laparoscopy? Click here to find out how to care for a patient who's undergoing either type of surgery.




Don't miss these peer-reviewed, continuing education articles from the March/April 2009 issue of LPN2009. For staff development instructors and nursing faculty, we’ve included PowerPoint slides (links below) that you can use as the basis for your lectures on these topics.

  • Understanding heart failure
    By Damon Cottrell, RN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN, CEN, MS; Cynthia Bither, RN, ANP, ACNP, MSN; Renee Garnes-Spence, RN, PCCN, MSN; and Michelle Jones, RN, ANP, ACNP, MSN
    BONUS: PowerPoint slides, click here.

  • Delirium & dementia: Double trouble
    By Denise L. Lyons, GCNS-BC, MSN; Shannon M. Grimley, CGP, PharmD; and Linda Sydnor, GCNS-BC, MSN

    BONUS: PowerPoint slides, click here.


Hospital Acquired Conditions: Prevent and Reduce the Impact
New CMS mandate presents challenges to nursing staff. Reducing the incidence of hospital acquired conditions, including pressure ulcers, catheter-related bloodstream infections and surgical site infections, is not only critical to patient care, it is crucial to minimizing the financial impact on the hospital.
Click here for key strategies



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Lawsuit review: Learn what not to do by reading these actual case studies
Nurse PractitionerBlamed for Not Diagnosing Tendon Ruptures - Grafting and Muscle Reattachment Required - $970,000 Net Verdict


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